NASACRE receives and responds to many questions from SACREs. Answers are available to subscribing SACREs via the ‘Additional Content’ link below. Note that answers represent NASACRE’s views, which may not be legally binding.

1. How does a local authority (LA) decide who goes in which group of SACRE and does there have to be four groups? How does someone become a member of SACRE?

2. What responsibility do SACRE members have to their sponsoring /nominating body

3. How does a local authority decide which groups should be represented in SACRE Group A?

4. How do we ensure that we have the ‘right’ people at SACRE?

5. Can we appoint Humanists to our SACRE?

6. What makes SACRE quorate? Can we change it and what happens if we are regularly inquorate?

7. Who can be a Chair of SACRE and how are they elected and when? How long does their term of office last?

8. Does a SACRE need a constitution?

9. My SACRE has received a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) asking about the number of schools in our LA with determinations, waiving their obligation to provide a majority of Acts of Collective worship which are wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character. How should we respond?

10. How does a local authority appoint an Agreed Syllabus Conference?

11. What does the Agreed Syllabus Conference need to think about when it meets to review a syllabus?

12. What support should an LA give an Agreed Syllabus Conference so that it can review the syllabus?

13. What can an Agreed Syllabus require?

14. We are considering adopting the syllabus prepared by another Agreed Syllabus Conference or buying a syllabus from a company, which produces an agreed syllabus. Are there things that we should consider?

15. Is there a central register or list of schools that have been granted a determination to alter their daily act of worship to something other than wholly or mainly Christian?

16. I am Head of RE at a Middle School, and have received a request from a parent to have her daughter excused from RE. The reason given is that the child would benefit from extra English, maths and science. There is no mention of religious grounds. The implication in the letter is that I or the school should arrange for this extra tuition.

17. When parents decide to home educate their children what is the guidance relating to the content of the RE that should be taught? Are they required to follow the local agreed syllabus, can they choose a syllabus from another authority or is there no guidance and so they can effectively do what they like?

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